21 Oct 2007
So It (doesn't) Go 
Having provided such a high quality, entertaining evening the previous night, the Cornerhouse rather spoiled its ongoing Control season on Saturday 20th October 2007 with the So It Goes event.

The running order of the matinee show was:

Elvis Costello: 'Alison' (series 2, episode 2)
Elvis Costello & the Attractions: 'Chelsea'; 'Watching the Detectives' (series 2, episode 2)
The Stranglers: 'Somethin' Better Change' (series 2, episode 5)
Sex Pistols: 'Anarchy In The UK' (series 2, episode 8)
The Clash: 'Capital Radio'; 'Janie Jones'; 'Garageland' (series 2, episode 10)
Elvis Costello & the Attractions: 'No Dancing' (series 2, episode 7)
Joy Division: 'Transmission' (BBC Somethin' Else)
Interview: Tony Wilson, Steve Morris (BBC Somethin' Else)
Joy Division: 'She's Lost Control' (BBC Somethin' Else).

Originally described by the Cornerhouse (and posted by cerysmatic) as "A rare opportunity to catch episodes of groundbreaking television", no actual 'episodes' were shown.

Instead, the 60 minute (advertised as 90 minutes) collection of excerpts - all of which have either been shown elsewhere ad nauseam (Sex Pistols), are still available for viewing (Elvis Costello, The Clash) or were not actually 'So It Goes'/Granada footage at all (Joy Division) - were so crudely edited so that even Tony Wilson's links were cut short, often mid-sentence.

Attendees were far from impressed. Apologies to anybody that attended as a result of our posting.

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In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

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